For the second year in a row a female chef has out-cooked her male competitiors to scoop the pretigious Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year title.
At a gala banquet event in Dublin’s five star InterContinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, 23 year old Maeve Walsh from Dungarvan, Co Waterford was awarded the much sought after Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2016 title from special guest judge, two time Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw.
Maeve Walsh is currently Chef de Partie at Restaurant Forty One at Residence, Dublin 2.
Speaking after being crowned Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year, in association with La Rousse Foods, Maeve Walsh said,“ I can’t describe how happy I am to have won Euro-toque Young Chef of the Year 2016. When I first entered the competition back in September, I was doubtful that I would be picked as one of the finalists – never mind the winner.”
“La Rousse Foods have been great too and given me so much support every step of the way. I feel the opportunity to work under Nathan Outlaw will add another valuable dimension to my skill set. I am really looking forward to the challenge!”
The announcement comes after a three month process of interviews, on-the-spot culinary skills tests and sweating it out before a panel of world class judges yesterday in the kitchen at one Michelin star restaurant Chapter One yesterday.
Maeve Walsh was one of six finalists who battled it out to win this esteemed title and will now embark on an all expenses paid stage at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Issac, Cornwall. Maeve Walsh will work under Nathan Outlaw, who is Chef Patron at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw – the only specialist fish restaurant in the UK to hold two Michelin Stars.
Keeping her cool under pressure, Maeve showed skill, and understanding of flavour a mouth-watering dish of Kerry Hill Lamb that blew the judges away.
The judging panel also included Paul Kelly (Merrion Hotel and Great Irish Bake Off judge), Wade Murphy, former Commissioner General of Euro-Toques Ireland), and Ross Lewis (former Euro-toques Commissioner and Michelin starred chef) – who stepped in in place of Graham Neville, Commissioner General of Euro-Toques Ireland and head chef Restaurant Forty One. The chairing judge was Lorcan Cribbin, veteran judge of the competition.
The other five finalists were:
– Glen Sutcliffe, aged 23, Chef de Partie, The Marker Hotel, Dublin 2.
Mentor: Gareth Mullins
– Chris Fullam, aged 23, Sous Chef at Old Street, Malahide Dublin.
Mentor: Fergus Caffrey
– Killian Crowley, aged 24, Chef de Partie at Aniar, Galway City.
Mentor: JP McMahon
– Gary Doyle, aged 25, Chef de Partie, at The Canteen, Celbridge, Co Kildare.
Mentor: James Sheridan
– Marc McWilliams, aged 25, Chef de Partie at The Brooklodge and Strawberry Tree restaurant, Wicklow.
Mentor: Evan Doyle
Each of the six finalists brought their own exciting and unique style one last time last night, preparing an exclusive six course banquet for Ireland’s most celebrated chefs and guests in the 5 Star InterContinental Hotel Dublin.
The six young chefs were assisted on the night by a professional team consisting of Declan Maxwell acting as front of house, Alberto Rossi, Executive Head Chef of the InterContinental Ballsbridge over seeing the kitchen and special guest MC’s for the evening Domini Kemp and Jess Murphy of KAI Galway.
Commenting at the final, Wade Murphy, former Commissioner General of Euro-toques Ireland and judge said: “Maeve Walsh has been an incredible finalist. Her talent and unique style shone through all throughout the competition and in particular in the final skills test. We are all very much looking forward to seeing great things from her as her career progresses.”
For more information on the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year please visit www.euro-toques.ie/youngchef.